Civil rights lawyers want a Quebec permit system for doctors declared unconstitutional

Montreal-based civil rights lawyer Julius Gray said on Friday that he would ask judges to suspend the Quebec system, which determines how many family doctors can be seen in a particular area of ​​the state.

Earlier this week, Health Minister Christian Dubé reduced the number of new family doctors allowed to see him in Montreal, increased the number of people who could work in the nearby suburbs, and led to calls for political intervention from opposition parties. ..

Mr Gray told reporters that he would seek a provisional injunction to immediately suspend the permit system (including changes to Duvet) by the court before his proceedings were brought to trial. He added that a permit system called plans régionaux d’effectif smédicaux, also known as PREM, is unconstitutional.

“Sure, I hope they set aside these administrative changes and declare that the system … doesn’t work,” he said. “I don’t think we can give (government) a lot of time because of the urgency.”

Mr. Gray said that the system Quebec uses to deploy doctors throughout the state is arbitrary and unjustified, and the lack of access to family doctors in certain parts of the state violates the right to human safety. Said. It also has a negative impact on mobility rights, he added.

Dr. Mark Roper, a family doctor in Montreal and head of primary care for the family doctor department at McGill University Health Center, has more than any other part of the city, with nearly 650,000 family doctors. Said not. Prefecture.

He said the government’s permit system underestimates the number of family doctors needed in Montreal, endangering people’s health. It also drives doctors out of the state and prevents those who have left from returning, Roper said.

“We should be a net importer of our doctors, and as we used to be, we have become a net exporter of doctors since the PREM process,” he lamented. “In fact, the number of PREMs available is always 5% less than in the graduated cohort.”

The opposition Liberal Party described Duvet’s decision as political interference and said it had sent doctors from areas represented by the Liberal Party to more serviced areas of the state represented by the coalition government’s Coalition of Quebec.

Asked on Friday if his decision was political, Duvet told reporters, “If the care of 450-year-olds is political, this is a political decision,” in the area around Montreal. He said with reference to the area code.

Duvet said Montreal doctors need to accept more patients.

“I am very clear. All Quebecs need to be treated the same. There are few doctors in these areas and they should be treated fairly like other citizens in Montreal and elsewhere. If there are statistics, I would “make those decisions,” he said.

Jacob Celebrin

Canadian press